This weekend
Symphony in Your Neighborhood: Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Westover Park in Fayetteville for an evening of dixieland jazz, tonight, at 6:30 p.m. Performed by select FSO musicians, this evening will bring the heart of New Orleans jazz straight to the backyard ... for free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on as these items will not be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring food and coolers, however no pets or alcohol are allowed in the park. Some food trucks will be onsite to purchase food. The concert will last approximately an hour and a half, with a short intermission. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Westover Recreation Center, but not cancelled.
Supper on the Grounds: Enjoy an evening on the beautiful grounds of the Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines, North Carolina, tonight, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be complete with live music from April Collins, delicious food from Jordan’s BBQ, as well as adult beverages. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 nonmembers.
Dream Girls: See the show at Cape Fear Regional Theater through Oct. 8. This powerhouse musical pulls back the curtain on how to make it big in the music business. Effie White and her best friends Deena and Lorell are a girl group on the advent of a new sound in music: Rhythm and Blues. When they sign with a manager and success comes knocking at their door, sacrifices have to be made to turn up the volume on their careers. If the cost of success is friendship, is it a price worth paying? Find out in one of the most dazzling shows ever created.
World Play-Doh Day: Come on out to your Fort Bragg South Post Main Exchange starting at noon Saturday to celebrate World Play-Doh Day! They will be having a “Make & Take” event happing from noon to 4 p.m. or until supplies run out. They will also have a 20 percent off sale on all things Play-Doh for this one day only. Come bring the kids out for some play-doh fun for them and some savings as well.
Charity Concert: Head over to Southern Pines Brewing Company in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Satuday, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a concert by The Sam Frazier Band benefiting the Special Forces Charitable Trust. They will have food trucks, beer and great music out front of the brewery. There is a $10 admission fee at the door (children 18 and under are free) to help raise funds. Head on over with a lawn chair and enjoy the evening while supporting a great cause.
Eats, Beats and Brews: Bring an appetite as the Pinehurst Arboretum in Pinehurst, North Carolina hosts food trucks, craft beer vendors, games and live entertainment, Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, so bring friends, Family and neighbors and have a good time.
Upcoming Events
Dinosaurs in the dirt: After a brief introduction to dinosaurs, children will venture to the volleyball court at Lake Rim Park to dig for “dinosaur bones” and play in the giant sandbox. Shovels, buckets and dinosaurs will be provided for children to play with during this event, Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 433-1018 to register. Free and open to children ages five and under.
Wilderness Skills Campout: Visit Clark Park, beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 for a fun campout. Roast marshmallows over a fire for s’more perfection and rest under the stars. Learn outdoor skills like primitive fire making and how to make cordage. Attendees should bring camping gear and plenty of water and food for dinner, breakfast and lunch. Cost is $5 per person; ages 5 and up. Call 433-1579 to register.
Food Bank Food Fight: The Food Bank Food Fight at the Crown Complex Sept. 24 is a collaboration between the Food Bank and 14 of the area’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants who will offer up delectable bites — both savory and sweet — for guests to enjoy. Beyond the tasty array of signature dishes prepared by local greats, guests can indulge in a hosted bar, enjoy the harmonious sounds of local artists and a take part in a silent auction while providing healthy nutritious meals to more than 235,000 low-income children in Southeast North Carolina.
Taste of Southern Pines: Stroll through beautiful downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina with friends and enjoy a delicious sampling of area foods and beverages while supporting local shops, Sept. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be free shuttle service and raffles going on throughout the evening. All proceeds from this event go to support the students of Sandhills Classical Christian School. This event will go on rain or shine. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students with purchase of adult ticket. Purchase tickets at www.sandhillsccs.org

Statewide events

This weekend
80th Annual Lee Regional Fair: Join the Sanford Lions Club for local entertainment, agricultural and commercial exhibits, midway rides, great fun, and events for all ages. Six days of fun at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgounds in Sanford, North Carolina runs through Sunday. For tickets and more information, visit www.sanfordlionsclub.com.
bugfest: Each year thousands of visitors come to BugFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. The museum provides the opportunity for Families to interact with entomologists and other scientists so they can continue learning about the fascinating world of bugs. They will also feature Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part is, it’s all free.
Farm/Corn Maze Opening Day: Naylor Family Farm’s opening day is Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will have a variety of attractions including a petting zoo, corn maze, corn crib and more. Their new 2017 attraction is the “Fort Feed Bin,” where four-feed bins are connected with winding twists and turns with surprises around the corner. The fort will even include theme park-grade air cannons that shoot foam balls. For more information, visit www.naylorfamilyfarm.com. The farm is located in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.
Creedmore Music Festival: Promising a day full of fun for all ages, the 26th annual Creedmoor Music Festival kicks off on Main Street in Creedmore, North Carolina, Sunday, at 8:30 a.m. Eight talented bands featuring bluegrass, blues, country and classic rock will take to two stages.
Upcoming Events
Benson Mule Days: Held annually in Benson, North Carolina, this year’s Mule Days Festival will take place Sept. 21 to 24. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, trail rides, parades, bluegrass shows and more. For more information, visit www.bensonmuledays.com.
Uwharrie Outdoor Festival: Hosted by the town of Troy, North Carolina, Sept. 23 at noon. Get outdoors and get active with the Uwharrie Outdoor Festival. This year’s inaugural event will feature live music from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Shelby Rae Moore and more. Try out the rock climbing wall, sample brisket or grab food from one of the gourmet food trucks. The street festival goes from noon to 7 p.m., but come enjoy a bluegrass concert from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine until 10:30 p.m.
Muscadine Festival: Visit the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, North Carolina, Sept. 29 to 30 for the North Carolina Muscadine Festival. With a cooking contest, wine tasting, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of food, this is an event for the whole Family. Visit www.ncmuscadinefestival.com/ for tickets and more information.